Annual community recognition event scheduled for Oct. 27 at Estacada First Baptist Church

The Estacada Chamber of Commerce wants to create an opportunity for the stars of the community to shine.

The chamber's annual community recognition event, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, will take inspiration from awards shows such as the Oscars. The theme of the evening is "Stars of your community," and accolades will be presented for outstanding senior citizen, outstanding school district employee, outstanding public employee, best new business, outstanding nonprofit organization, outstanding youth and Estacadian of the Year.

Organizers implemented the categories this year to provide the evening with additional structure. Previously, it had mainly focused on volunteers.

"Volunteers are important, but it's not just volunteers

who make this town great," said Nancy Horton, Chamber

of Commerce administrator. "We want to be sure the

people who have gone the extra mile and deserve recognition get it."

This year's gathering will take place in the Fireside Room at Estacada First Baptist Church, 29101 S.E. Eagle Creek Road, since it outgrew its previous home at the Estacada Community Center.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. Every year it's well received," Horton added.

To fit with the Oscars theme, attendees are encouraged to wear "cowboy tuxedos and (their) best flannels." The Cazadero will provide appetizers and desert.

Those who wish to make a nomination for one of the award categories should do so via a form available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 475 S.E. Main St., and several local businesses. They are also available by contacting the Chamber at 503-630-3483 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 22.

During the ceremony, everyone who has been nominated will be recognized, and one winner will be selected from each category.

The evening is open to anyone who wishes to attend, and those interested should RSVP to the Chamber.

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